USA athletes breeze through qualifying
|BERLIN – Team USA advanced 12 of 16 athletes through the rounds
Tuesday morning at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at
the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Crawford, Spearmon and Clark to run tonight’s 2nd round
Shawn Crawford (Los Angeles) and Wallace Spearmon (College Station,
Texas), if Spearmon can be considered at veteran at just 24 years old,
easily moved into tonight’s second round while rookie Charles Clark
clawed his way in.
Two-time Olympic 200m medalist Shawn
Crawford easily won heat 1 in the first round of the men’s 200 meters
in 20.60. It was the fastest time in this morning’s first round.
Two-time World Outdoor medalist Wallace Spearmon coasted to second
place in heat 9 in 20.66 and reigning NCAA Outdoor champion Charles
Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) took third in heat 2 in 20.87.
Rome and Malone goe to discus final
his first throw of the competition, two-time Olympian Casey Malone (Ft.
Collins, Colo.) automatically qualified for the men’s discus final with
his toss of 65.13 meters/213 feet 8 inches. 2004 Olympian Jarred Rome
(Chula Vista, Calif.) automatically qualified for the final on his
second throw with a mark of 65.51m/214-11.
champion Ian Waltz (Chula Vista, Calif.) had his best effort on his
third throw of the day with a mark of 62.04m/203-6. Waltz did not
qualify for the final.
Three move on in men’s 400m
his signature red, white and blue shades, two-time world champion
Jeremy Wariner (Waco, Texas) cruised through the first round of the
men’s 400m, winning heat 6 in 45.54. Reigning Olympic champion LaShawn
Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) easily won heat 4 in 45.23.
Larry(Compton, Calif.) , who placed fourth in heat 1 in 45.64, was the
last qualifier on time into Wednesday’s semifinal. Texas A&M’s Gil
Roberts (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was fifth in heat 5 and did not advance.
Willard and Wurth-Thomas head to 1,500m semi
American record holder in the steeplechase, Anna Willard (Mammoth
Lakes, Calif.), ran a strong race and finished fifth in heat 2 in
4:08.13. Leading for much of the race, Christin Wurth-Thomas
(Springdale, Ark.) finished fourth in heat 3 in 4:08.23. Willard and
Wurth-Thomas each automatically qualified for Friday’s semifinal.
some bumping and shoving in the first 200m which caused Shannon Rowbury
(San Francisco, Calif.) to fall to the track, she finished 11th in heat
1 in 4:10.30.
Acuff and Howard soar into high jump final
world silver medalist Chaunte Howard (Snellville, Ga.) cleared the
automatic qualifier, 1.95m/6-4.75, on her first attempt and finished
tied for fourth overall in qualifying of the women’s high jump.
Four-time Olympian Amy Acuff (Isleton, Calif.) cleared 1.95m/6-4.75 on
her second attempt to finish eighth in qualifying and save her a spot
in the final. This is Acuff’s eighth appearance at a World
Championships and sixth straight finals appearance.
Olympian Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who finished 10th in the
heptathlon at these Championships, had first attempt clearances at
1.80m/5-10.75, 1.85m/6-0.75 and 1.89m/6-2.25 before going out at
Team names Thurmond and Lagat captains
USA voted via email on Sunday to name the captains for this team in
Berlin. A four-time world team member and three-time Olympian,
four-time USA Outdoor champion Aretha Hill Thurmond has been named
captain of the women’s team. Three-time U.S. 5,000m and two-time U.S.
1,500m champion Bernard Lagat, who made history in 2007 when he became
the first man ever to win the 1,500m/5,000m middle-distance double at
World Outdoors, has been named the men’s team captain.
Team USA Medal Table – 2009 World Championships in Athletics
Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), men’s shot put, 22.03m/72-3.50
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men’s 100 meters, 19.71
Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), women’s pole vault 4.65m/15-3
Carmelita Jeter (Inglewood, Calif.) women’s 100 meters, 10.90
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